Tuesday, 24 February 2015

Word Scribbler Reading Challenge - Week 7 - A book recommended by a friend

Week 7 of my 52 book reading challenge (1 book per week for a year) is A book recommended by a friend.  Last week I planned to read 2 books, one of which was Paper Towns by John Green. I've only just started reading this so it will carry on into week 7. After mentioning I was going to read Paper Towns so many people told me I MUST read Looking for Alaska, also by John Green. This week is now John Green week!  

In addition to my ongoing interest in books with different editions having vastly different covers I have now come across another curiosity. The book blurb below is the exact blurb from my copy, yet this doesn't exist anywhere on Goodreads or Amazon. 

"Alaska Young. Gorgeous, clever, funny, sexy, screwed up - and utterly fascinating. Miles Halter could not be more in love with her. But when tragedy strikes, Miles discovers the value and the pain of living and loving unconditionally. Nothing will ever be the same"

The current blurb on these sites is not only more detailed but actually includes story spoilers and has made me reevaluate my thoughts before I've even read the book.

Miles has a quirky interest in famous people's last words, especially François Rabelais's final statement, "I go to seek a Great Perhaps." Determined not to wait for death to begin a similar quest, Miles convinces his parents to let him leave home. Once settled at Culver Creek Preparatory School, he befriends a couple of equally gifted outcasts: his roommate Chip―commonly known as the Colonel—who has a predilection for memorizing long, alphabetical lists for fun; and the beautiful and unpredictable Alaska, whom Miles comes to adore. 

The kids grow closer as they make their way through a school year filled with contraband, tests, pranks, breakups, and revelations about family and life. But as the story hurtles toward its shattering climax, chapter headings like "forty-six days before" and "the last day" portend a tragic event―one that will change Miles forever and lead him to new conclusions about the value of his cherished "Great Perhaps."

I thought, wrongly but probably due to The Fault In Our Stars, that this 'tragedy' was a terminal illness and this was a book similar to A Walk To Remember by Nicholas Sparks. It now seems to be a sudden tragedy/accident but also the mention of loving unconditionally in the blurb above suggests it's not Alaska's death (or someone elses?) that hurts Miles but something else (before or after)? I have no clue why the books are titled Paper Towns or Looking for Alaska either. A clue in the title? Anyway, I will have to read and find out!

If you want you can join in with my reading challenge any week by reading the same book as me or choosing your own. Lets make reading even more fun ;) If you want to join in this week please leave a comment below this blog post with the book you're reading and/or tweet your chosen book using #WSreadingchallenge and tag me @word_scribbler too. Share with others what book you're reading and maybe discover something new to read :) 

1. A book with 'Winter' in the title.  I READ Winter Wonderland by Belinda Jones. REVIEW
2. A book set on or by the sea/ocean.  I READ The Moon and More by Sarah Dessen. 
3. A book with a red cover.  I READ Waking the Witch by Kelley Armstrong . 
4. A book with a colour in the title. I LISTENED TO the audiobook of The Red Necklace by Sally Gardner (read by Tom Hiddleston!) :) 
5. A book with 'Love' in the title. I READ A Very Accidental Love Story by Claudia Carroll. 
6. A book that has been made into a movie or tv show. I READ Insurgent by Veronica Roth AND Paper Towns by John Green.
7. A book recommended by a friend. I'M READING Looking for Alaska by John Green.
8. A book set in a place you want to visit.
9. A classic.
10. A book set in a city.
11. A book with an orange cover.
12. A book with 'Spring' in the title.
13. A memoir.
14. A book written by a UK author.
15. A collection of short stories.
16. A book with food in the title.
17. A book set in your favourite place.
18. A book your mum loves.
19. A book with a yellow cover.
20. A trilogy.
21. A book with 'Summer' in the title.
22. A book with a music industry theme/musician character.
23. A book that was originally written in a different language.
24. A book everyone has read but you.
25. A book where the main character has your dream job.
26. A book with a green cover,
27. A book set in France.
28. A book with a film industry theme/character.
29. A book set in your hometown.
30. A book by one of your favourite authors.
31. A book set in Italy.
32. A book with a blue cover.
33. A book set in London.
34. A book about a road trip/journey.
35. A book with a one-word title.
36. A book set in the countryside.
37. A book with 'Autumn' in the title.
38. A book with a purple cover.
39. A book set in New York.
40. A book with a number in the title.
41. A book with an animal on the cover.
42. A 'banned book'.
43. A book that was published the year you were born.
44. A book set in Los Angeles.
45. A book with a black and white cover.
46. A book with 'Chocolate' in the title.
47. A book published this year.
48. A book set at Christmas time.
49. A book by an author with the same first name as you.
50. A book with snow on the cover.
51. A book you learned about because of this challenge.
52. Reread your favourite book.

My chosen book for week 7 is -  Looking for Alaska by John Green
This is a Young Adult Novel.

What are you reading for week 7 ? 
A book recommended by a friend.

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